Randolph College welcomes its 10th President: Dr. Bradley W. Bateman

Bradley W. Bateman is Randolph College's 10th President.

Bradley W. Bateman is Randolph College’s 10th President.

On February 14, the Randolph College Board of Trustees named Bradley W. Bateman as the College’s 10th president. The Board began the search process last summer, and a search committee comprised of students, staff, faculty, and trustees reviewed applications from a diverse field of more than 90 strong candidates.

“I feel both exhilarated and humbled to be asked to do this job,” said Bateman, who is 56 years old. “Randolph College is a wonderful institution with an incredible community that was built on the strong foundation of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. It is an excellent institution about to come into its own, and I am proud to be a part of this exciting time.”

Bateman will begin his tenure on July 1.

“Randolph has undergone a dramatic transformation since our decision to admit men seven years ago,” said Becky Morrison Dunn ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are proud of how far we have come as an institution, and we are indebted to our current president, John E. Klein, for leading Randolph successfully through this transition. Just as John was the right president for our time of transition, Brad is the perfect fit to lead us into the future. ”

Bateman comes to Randolph from Denison University, where he has served as provost since 2007. Before Denison, Bateman was associate dean at Grinnell College in Iowa.

“The great passion of my life is liberal arts education,” Bateman said. “It was transformative for me personally, and I chose to become a liberal educator because I wanted to help offer that same transformation to other people. It is a passion that I bring to Randolph. Randolph’s rich history and the chance to continue working on the evolution of the College are things that are appealing to me.”

A 1979 graduate of Alma College in Michigan, Bateman earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics at the University of Kentucky. He began his teaching career at Simmons College.

To learn more about Randolph’s new president, please see http://president.go.randolphcollege.edu/